GREAT BEND, Kansas – Colton Lagerman is a Great Bend High School senior, and like most his classmates, he’s applying for colleges but wondering how to get help to pay for it.
Like a lot of students, Colton is hoping scholarships will be able to help.
“It’s very difficult because it’s so competitive with you know the price of college always going up, kids are more and more applying for scholarships, and it’s very competitive.”
Colton wants to be an engineer and has applied for 15 scholarships, and plans to apply for 10 or 15 more.
Events like this weekend’s College Goal Sunday can help him out with his FAFSA form and applying for more scholarships.
“We encourage our students. Sometimes you know, you see like a $10,000 scholarship. Well, there’s going to be a lot of people that are going to want to win $10,000, there may be less people that apply for the less dollar amounts, that can for sure add up,” said Kristen Baker, guidance counselor.
The high school has a kiosk with a lot of information about different colleges and their scholarship opportunities.
They also give seniors a checklist every year to make sure that they’re prepared to apply for scholarships and getting into college
“Well, we’re hopeful that it’s not too stressful, but I know that sense of urgency increases as they get closer to graduating and making those decisions for their future. I would say that we try to start early, but the closer the deadline gets the more stressful it seems to get.”
“It’s almost like another part time job. It takes up a lot of time, and you have to put in a lot of work, every little bit helps though,” said Lagerman.
College Goal Sunday is available at locations all around the state to help students with their forms for financial aid and scholarships.
For more information, on College Goal Sunday and where to sign up, click here.